How to “Kill” the Hydra-head of Active Shooters

Hi All, Please see this article entitled: Nine dead after California sees three mass shootings in four days in The Guardian.  It’s an article that merely details the most recent mass/active shootings. It is plainly clear that our law enforcement capability has the means to effectively stop a threat, that is, shoot and kill an active shooter.  That’s not questioned.  We have that down, and we … Continue reading How to “Kill” the Hydra-head of Active Shooters

Run-Hide-Fight is about Options and not a Prescribed Sequence

Hi All, Just a quick post to share that training should always evolve to meet the changing needs of the world.  However, changing training just for the sake of changing training, to create new models with new, catchy acronyms, to create new revenue streams, is a waste of time and potentially distracting to those who need good information. Please see this clearly well-intentioned article.  It … Continue reading Run-Hide-Fight is about Options and not a Prescribed Sequence

Building strong, sane, children as a Means to Address the Active Assailant Predicament

  Hi All, Please read this useful article, entitled U.S. Secret Service: 10 warning signs before a school shooting. It’s always useful to study real research on subjects such as the Active Assailant predicament.  Otherwise, fear rules and distorts decision-making and ultimately how we address this serious issue. Note warning sign # 4: “Most attackers had experienced psychological, behavioral or developmental symptoms.” Note warning sign … Continue reading Building strong, sane, children as a Means to Address the Active Assailant Predicament

The Active Assailant Phenomenon Deserves a Full, Sane Approach

Please read this quality article on America’s most recent active shooter event in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Let’s take a fresh look at the kind of attention the active assailant phenomenon deserves.  The measures of addressing this phenomenon ought to address the fullest scope of the issue.  It’s a complicated issue, deserving sophisticated multi-various approaches.  We should, then, go at the issue with many things in … Continue reading The Active Assailant Phenomenon Deserves a Full, Sane Approach

SuperHero Ethics & How to Stop Bullets

Many thanks to Robert Cannon, CHSS for sharing the article on LinkedIn which we highlight here. The value of LinkedIn is just kind of collaborative sharing which can potentially help us all. There is a place for a hero-ethic in the American consciousness. It’s actually already there. It’s innate in all of us. It could come alive, and save lives (even if just one). This ethic … Continue reading SuperHero Ethics & How to Stop Bullets

Active Shooter Response: Some How To’s & Considerations of Run-Hide-Fight

Please see the valuable article here by John Weinstein the Lieutenant/Commander, Strategic Planning and Outreach at the Northern Virginia Community College. Thank you to Raymond Hitchcox, Security Manager at CHI Memorial Hospital, for sharing the article on LinkedIn. See here my additional points, reflections, and considerations in response to this article. This is a valuable article in how it addresses the Run-Hide-Fight methodology, but also … Continue reading Active Shooter Response: Some How To’s & Considerations of Run-Hide-Fight

Thinking Through Reasonable Approaches to Active Assailant/Shooter Protection Planning

I have seen several companies (which claim to specialize in active assailant/shooter issues) list what they often refer to as pillars of an effective active assailant/shooter protection plan.  I don’t need to mention the names of the companies. This is not about them, but rather the so-called pillars and presumptions surrounding these pillars. The pillars often include: 1). Emergency Action Plan, 2). Active Shooter Training, … Continue reading Thinking Through Reasonable Approaches to Active Assailant/Shooter Protection Planning

America is Missing the Target with Stopping Active Assailants

Hi All, Should we continue to provide people high-quality active assailant training to our staff, to our educators, to our children?  Definitely. Choose a model to train such as the well known FEMA Run-Hide-Fight model and its many variants. Or there is ALICE. Every tactical person and/or organization has their own take on it, their own special emphasis, their own special acronym, their own business … Continue reading America is Missing the Target with Stopping Active Assailants

Active “Killer”

  Hi All, For the longest time, we have used terms like active shooter and active assailant to describe crimes involving an individual or individuals actively involved in killing other people, often in a random manner, seeking nothing other than to kill as many people as possible. More accurate, however, is the term Active Killer to describe these individuals.  As a precise term, it describes far … Continue reading Active “Killer”

Re-Defining the Citizen Role in Active Shooter Events

Hi All, I recently read this article published over at the very nice The Secure Dad website.  It’s a well-written article about how to prepare one’s family for an active shooter event. Near the end of the article, however, the author writes: “Don’t try to attack an armed gunman without a weapon of your own. The odds will not be in your favor. Let the … Continue reading Re-Defining the Citizen Role in Active Shooter Events